should I go by the engine oil life remaining % gauge to change my oil?

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Asked by Dec 03, 2014 at 02:45 PM about the 2014 Honda Accord Sport

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

I already have 6000 miles on my honda, and the oil % say's there is still 50% oil life left, is this accurate? the honda dealer says to wait until it's down to 15-20% to change the oil, but that seems like I could go till 10000 miles, seems a little much between oil changes, I do most of my driving on the highway.

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it really depends on what oil is in it synthetic is better than conventional oil

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I don't know what they put in it at the factory.

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how many nmilesw r on it if it is over 5000 it should probably change it

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CHANGED OIL AT 6000 MILES AT HONDA DEALER WITH 0-20 SYNTHETIC, DEALER SAID I COULD GO TO 7500 BUT CHANGING EARLY WON'T HURT. OIL LIFE GAUGE STIL SAID 35% LEFT

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The more things change, the more they stay the same: Changing your oil a little bit early will NEVER hurt. Metal particulate in used oil is never good for the engine and it's parts. You all know that. Changing oil too frequently may be a bit wasteful, but your engine will only love it. Clean, clear oil is the key to a long life of the engine. That is all.

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i go by the oil life gauge which takes a long time to go down , even after 12 mo might stlll be at 40%, but I only put around 7000 a mi a yr on my 2014 Accord Sport. Owners manual says for sure to get oil changed at least once a yr regardless of the oil life indicator. Never had any problems with my engine to this point.

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Quick question...i have a 2016 accord which am actual driving now...am 1hour in a 4 hours drive back and forth and my oil life is 15 percent. Whats the best option should i continue?

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your oil ilfe wont go down from 15% to 0 in 1 day - but I wouldnt wait too much longer esp if your last oil change was a yr ago. Owners manual says regardless of the readout (if not reading 0) get oil changed at least once a yr which is what I do with my 15 Accord Sport at which time I get inspection and tires rotated at same time (I only put on 6,000 mi s yr) Hope this helps.

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Oil life gauge on accord is also governed by how many times car is turned on.So more frequent short drives will cause the life gauge to go down. That Imho makes it basically useless.

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Best to go by miles. Change it every 5,000 miles.

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